Laos in 2 weeks: the ultimate travel itinerary

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Laos in 2 weeks Ultimate Travel Itinerary

Our visit to Laos exceeded all our expectations. It’s beautiful, incredibly beautiful. This is a country full of surprises, heartwarming people, charming villages, stunning sceneries, impressive waterfalls, and hidden gems. Our Laos in 2 weeks’ ultimate travel itinerary covers all the highlights, the best things to do, our favorite places to stay, our favorite places to eat, and the number of days we recommend staying at each stop. To help you visualize the route we’ve put it together on a map as well. Hopefully, this article will help you with planning your own trip to Laos.

Laos in 2 weeks: an overview of our travel route

START Vientiane | END Huay Xai

DURATION 15 days

METHOD OF TRANSPORT Bus + boat

BEST TIME OF YEAR December-May

WHEN DID WE GO February

HIGHLIGHTS Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Mekong Cruise, Pakbeng

Laos in 2 weeks itinerary

Vientiane

Start your trip to the capital and biggest city in Laos, Vientiane. It’s located on the border of Thailand and on the north-eastern bank of the Mekong river where you can have a nice walk along the river and enjoy beautiful sunsets every day. Vientiane feels more like a sleepy town compared to other big Asian cities. It has such a relaxed atmosphere you won’t find in many capitals across the world. Exploring old temples is one of the most popular things to do here, with the nearby Buddha Park as our favorite highlight.

Recommended stay

  • 2-3 days

Where to stay

Things to do

  • Have a walk through Buddha Park or also known as Xieng Khuan (15000 kip per person, by tuk-tuk or bus)
  • Visit the hugely sacred temple Pha That Luang Stupa (5000 kip per person)
  • Watch the sunset over the Mekong and chat with the friendly locals
  • Stroll through the Vientiane Night Food Market and taste all the tasty cheap food

Where to eat

  • Spirit House (facing the Mekong River, great menu & vegan options, all yummy)

How to get

Check here the bus schedule and ticket prices

  • If you are flying into Laos we highly recommend checking the best flight fares on Skyscanner or check the rates from Qatar airways here
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Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers. An idyllic village located between Vientiane and Luang Prabang. It’s a famous place for “tubing” down the river, taking beautiful hikes and experiencing some amazing scenery. This charming village surprised us a lot and we recommend everyone stopping here when they visit Laos!

Recommended stay

  • 2-4 days

Where to stay

Things to do

  • Hike up the Phangern Viewpoint (10.000 kip per person + 15.000 kip per person for a tuk-tuk one-way)
  • Rent a buggy (110.000 kip per hour) or scooter (50.000 – 70.000 for a full day) and explore the rural side of Vang Vieng
  • Take a hot air balloon ride (650.000 – 750.000 kip per person for a 40-minute ride)
  • Spend the day tubing on the Mekong River (60.000 kip per person)

Where to eat

How to get

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Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a magical little town in northern Laos and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It has a perfect mix of nature, culture, shops, and restaurants all surrounded by the mighty Mekong River.  There are so many incredible things to see and do, from chasing waterfalls and exploring beautiful temples to relax on magical sunset cruises. Every morning hundreds of monks collect offerings along the streets. This amazing place is definitely worth to add to your travel itinerary of Laos

 Recommended stay

  • 3-4 days

Where to stay

Things to do

  • Visit the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls (20.000 kip per person, open daily from 08:00-17:30)
  • Stroll through the Night Market (daily from 17:00-23:00)
  • Take a sunset cruise along the Mekong River (prices around 100.000 kip for a one-hour cruise incl drinks)
  • Enjoy an authentic Laotian massage at the award-winning Spa of Burasari Heritage (we highly recommend the 60-minute Signature Massage which was 492.000 kip per person)
  • Rent a bike and explore the cute little village of Luang Prabang
  • Learn to cook traditional Laotian dishes and join a cooking class (Burasari Heritage organized a private one for us, which was great with stunning river views and a romantic setting)
  • Climb Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang’s sacred hill to watch the sunset
  • Visit the Royal Palace (open daily from 08:00-11.30 and 13:30-16:00)
  • Explore the other beautiful temples like Wat Xieng Thong Temple (our favorite one)

Where to eat

  • Utopia (our most favorite food spot with incredibly good food, cozy dining area, relaxed atmosphere, lovely river views and a lot of vegan options)
  • At the Night Market (delicious food buffets for only 10.000 kip per dish, vegan-friendly!)
  • Manda de Laos (secret gem with a wonderful setting and serene atmosphere overlooking a beautiful lily pad, a bit more expensive but a lot of delicious choices)
  • Café de Laos (best coffee in town, relaxed atmosphere, a good spot for reading a book, the cakes and pastries are heavenly!)
  • Coconut Garden (located on the main street, excellent Lao food including a lot of vegan options, yellow curry here is the best!)
  • Bouang (located on the main street, new trendy spot with a relaxed atmosphere, the veggie burger and buddha bowl so yummy!)
  • The Terrace at Burasari Heritage (romantic terrace overlooking the river, yummy cocktails and food, try the massaman curry)

How to get

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Luang Prabang > Huay Xai along the Mekong River

No better way to end your travel itinerary in Laos by taking the two-day Luang Say Cruise along the mighty Mekong River, which forms the natural border between Thailand and Laos. During the cruise, you will sail along jungle mountains, rugged forests, remote landscapes, charming small villages and enjoy the most beautiful views that change every second. You will enter villages along the river, experience the daily life of the local people and visit some hidden gems. With the Luang Say Cruise, which is the most luxury and relaxed option, you will spend one night in a beautiful lodge surrounded by nature and the greatest views.

Read more about the best time to take the cruise, the schedule and some extra useful tips of the Luang Say Cruise here.

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